I pine with longing for the good old days!! I long for 2004 and 2005 when everything was good news (at least for my sellers!) and it was a happy, positive time. Our clients were happy, I was happy to bounce from my listing appointments to present ever increasing offers and we were busy beavers from early in the morning until late at night. My clients loved me and I loved them back. It was hard work, I ran all day and I loved it!
Riverside County Real Estate now is a different story and I know it's the same in many other places, including Arizona where I bought some houses four years ago. Watched the values climb, basked in the sun with money in the bank!! Shoulda sold while I could.
I've watched many of my peers lose their homes and get out of the business. I've met many disillusioned, unhappy, broke people who have lost hope and their houses. I've had to be the bearer of bad news. Being a positive person, it's difficult to give people bad news that their house is now worth less than half of what they paid for it and that there are not many options for people today.
On the positive side, I've been able to help people buy homes who couldn't afford them in years past. I think I've been able to make a difference.
I maintain my positive outlook and good attitude by changing the way I market, evolving with the market and telling myself that the things that are the most important are my children, my family, my health and my friends.
How do you all do it?? Let's motivate each other!